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  • Locations: Freiburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment, Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Summer Country: Germany
Internship Programs: Yes USD Scholarships: Coyote Commitment, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity
Language Prerequisite: Advanced, Intermediate Language of Instruction: English, German
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Virginija Wilcox
Program Description:



Freiburg is a beautiful city in the southwest of Germany. It is located close to the French and Swiss borders and surrounded by the hills of the Black Forest, where you can go skiing in winter and hiking in summer. The town offers a great variety of musical and cultural activities.

The University of Education, Freiburg (in German Pädagogische Hochschule, or PH for short) was founded in 1962 and gained university status in 1971. With approximately 4,800 students, it is the second largest of six Universities of Education in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, which is known throughout Germany for its high quality of education. Two thirds of the students studying at University of Education specialize in teacher training, either for primary or lower secondary schools.


This program is offered on a semester, summer, or academic year basis. Spring semester starts early April and ends late July; academic year starts late September and ends late July. Summer School Placement dates vary each year and lasts about one month. 


USD students have the option of living on campus in single dormitory rooms or shared flats with access to kitchen facilities and common living spaces. USD students live with local German students and other international students. Students also have access to student cafeterias which offer inexpensive meals six days a week; the university does not offer meal plans.

Pictures of a typical single room here.
For more information on housing, go here.


PH Freiburg is a USD Direct program, which means students will continue to pay USD tuition and fees. Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of federal work/study) and most USD scholarships (Coyote Commitment, Mickelson, Presidential-Alumni, SD Opportunity, and Ullyot). Students will pay for housing upon arrival in Germany.

Explore our interactive budget calculator for this program:

Freiburg, Germany, Semester Budget Estimate (18/19)
Freiburg, Germany, Summer School Placement Budget Estimate (18/19)
Freiburg, Germany, Academic Year Budget Estimate (18/19)


In order to qualify for this program, students must have two years of college-level German (equivalent to B2 in European Frame of Reference). If students have no German language skills, they may take classes offered in English and enroll in an additional German as a Second Language course. Students must complete the Study Abroad application before being nominated to PH Freiburg University. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in Germany, course registration, and housing.


For general inquiries, contact the Center for Academic & Global Engagement at or (605) 677-6338.

To schedule an advising session with Virginija Wilcox, go to


For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.